Test drove the 3.0L Diesel today!
Test drove the CRD 3.0L diesel Grand Cherokee Laredo today.
Push that stater button and the diesel springs to life! She grumbles a little like the V8 and settles down to a much quieter diesel than i ever expected.
Bonnet closed it purred beautifully, with no clatter of a traditional diesel engine. Less than a VW tiguan, Less than a Land Rover Freelander.
Open the bonnet, and she stares you in the face much like a V8. still no clatter, but she's louder and yet the engine sound is crisp and sharp.
Jump in the car and close the door and it's VERY VERY quiet. you know it's a diesel, but it has an aggressive sound that gives you the impression that it means business. I was convinced....The car was black, I think that topped it off.
Foot on the throttle, and POW! it leaped away like a greyhound at the races. I'd hit 50km/h before i even realized... and that sound! It's a cross between a diesel and a V8 and yet as smooth as the V6.
Between 0 and 30 km/h you really know it's a diesel, and can hear it, yet it sounds refined (bit like it's muffled). Once over the 40km/h mark she opens up and growls and sounds powerful and super torqy, It feels it too with plenty of power and it continues through the range well without lag. At 100km/h it's super quiet and the 5 speed box matches it well for Australian conditions. you can talk to each other very easily and still hear the engine, it's more than a purr but less than a growl.....a unique sound that grew on me in an instant.
I'm sold big time, and given the amount of cars i've driven in the last 3 weeks, thats something.
Brilliant Job Jeep.......I'm in.